West Indies cricket has fallen to an all-time low. From being the first team ever to win 50-over ODI World Cup, they have now become first regular full-time team to not qualify for CWC 2023. ICC has introduced CWC Super League for Qualification to CWC 2023. Later, they have given chances to associate and Bottom placed Super League teams to qualify via ICC CWC Qualifier. In this tournament, those teams that have occupied bottom 5 places in Super League and top 3 from League 2 and 2 teams from Qualifier Play-off. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Ireland have been placed bottom of Super League. Now, West Indies have lost three matches to associate Nations and they have been almost eliminated from CWC Qualifier tournament.
Along with them Oman, Nepal, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, United States of America have been qualified to play CWC Qualifier tournament. Among ten teams, ICC has decided to divide them to Group A and Group B with 5 team each. Later, they have decided to give chance to top 3 teams of each group to play Super Six. The top 2 teams of Super Six, will play Finals and they both will qualify to play ICC CWC 2023 in India. West Indies have lost matches to Zimbabwe, Netherlands in league stages. They have still qualified to Super Six. West Indies in Super Six lost their first match against Scotland.
As they lost to Netherlands and Zimbabwe, in league stage, they entered Super Six with 2 losses. West Indies needed to win all three matches against Scotland, Oman and Sri Lanka to keep their hopes alive. In a huge run match against Netherlands, they lost in the super-over. Netherlands scored 30/0 in that one over and West Indies scored only 8/2. In the Super Six match, West Indies looked dejected and failed to stop runs on the ground.
West Indies batsmen failed to counter moving ball. Scotland seamers have bowled them out for 181. Jason Holder(45) and Romario Shepherd(36) are the highest scorers for them. Matthew Cross(74) and Brandon McMullen(69) helped them to score 185/3 in 43.3 overs. West Indies won’t be playing in a Cricket World Cup for the first time, ever since, it has been introduced. Experts state that ever since players started looking at franchise cricket, they have got fed up with West Indies board internal politics. Many have opined that rather than the quality of players, it is politics that has weakened the team.
Gautham Gambhir has stated that he still believes in West Indies cricket and they will resurge soon. We wish and hope the same too. Can’t see a team that gave Clive Lloyd kind of a leader and Viv Richards kind of a batsman and Gary Sobers kind of an all-rounder, Brain Lara kind of a stylish beast struggle and fail so miserably. We too hope West Indies will emerge from this crisis as a better team like Zimbabwe is currently, doing.
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